Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers,... See full summary »
The Nicholas Brothers,
The 3 Whippets
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A Warners/Vitaphone short that proves the Vitaphone shorts operation in New York was every bit as capable of making just as bad short subjects as those churned out by Educational Pictures. ... See full summary »
The curtain opens; behind it are two pianos where Charles Bourne and Phil Ellis, billed as the Music Boxes, are seated playing. After a few bars, Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields enter - ... See full summary »
Cab Calloway advises a train conductor to get his wife a radio so she won't step out. But she does anyway, meeting Cab at the Cotton Club. While the husband's away, Cab visits the wife at home; but there's a surprise in store for all concerned. Written by
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A rather strange one-reeler from Paramount features Cab Calloway performing three songs (I Love a Parade, Lady with the Fan, Zaz Zuh Zaz) and while they're all terrific numbers the thing that really stands out here is the story. It starts off with Calloway on a train and receiving a telegram that the Cotton Club wants him to change the opening number so he wakes his band up and they start rehearsing. After a music number we see the conductor on the train giving his wife a radio so that she can listen to Cab but instead she goes to the club to see him. The film then presents us with another number and then it flashes back to the woman's apartment where she's now making out with Cab on the couch when her husband comes back home. As you can tell, the story is certain pre-code and I found it somewhat shocking that Paramount would show the jazz star in the arms of a married woman but perhaps this was just part of the image back in the day. Even in 2011 it's pretty brass to present the story this way but at least it keeps you entertained and it's certainly something you don't typically see from this era. The three music numbers are all extremely good but the most catchy one is certainly Lady with the Fan, which takes place at the Cotton Club. The music is extremely catchy as are the lyrics and the added visuals are just icing on the cake. Fans of Cab or these period of jazz will certainly want to check this one out.
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